Discriminate

One of the legal bits of my revision that I haven’t blogged about yet, is employment discrimination legislation.

Basically it’s illegal to discriminate against almost anyone for a wide variety of reasons, but the key point of this bit of the syllabus is knowing the main exceptions: for example the Race Relations Act makes it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of race or national origin, but you CAN refuse to employ African races in some parts of the water supply industry because they have a genetic predisposition to sickle cell anaemia. Women (protected by the Equal Opportunities Act) generally cannot be discriminated against, but they can be refused employment in processes using certain chemicals which are known to affect chances of conceiving, or the unborn foetus.

My favourite, though, is the Disability Discrimination Act: employers can refuse to employ or train people with certain disabilities on safety grounds – for example, you can refuse employment as an electrician to a colour-blind person. But the best bit is the list of general exceptions: It is always lawful to discriminate in the cases of disabilities relating to:
Pyromania or paedophilia…
Yep, I can see the point of that.
Drugs, alcohol or tobacco…
OK, I can see where we’re going with this…
Tattoos or piercings…
Right, fair enough…
…or hay fever.

Eh???

Anyway, tonight I’m in Stratty, ready to do my last exam tomorrow, so you’ll be pleased to know you won’t be getting any more revision notes or diploma-related angst. Well, not until the results come out in October anyway :-)

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